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Description - The Fashion System by Roland Barthes

In his consideration of the language of the fashion magazine--the structural analysis of descriptions of women's clothing by writers about fashion--Barthes gives us a brief history of semiology. At the same time, he identifies economics as the underlying reason for the luxuriant prose of the fashion magazine: "Calculating, industrial society is obliged to form consumers who don't calculate; if clothing's producers and consumers had the same consciousness, clothing would be bought (and produced) only at the very slow rate of its dilapidation."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520071773
ISBN-10: 0520071778
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Pages: 351
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 25-Jul-1990
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Roland Barthes

Roland Barthes was born in 1915 and studied French literature and classics at the University of Paris. After teaching French at universities in Romania and Egypt, he joined the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, where he devoted himself to research in sociology and lexicology. He was a professor of the College de France until his death in 1980.